Unmade is a three-phase collaboration emphasizing the process of making and destroying the handmade. Phase One constitutes the independent creation of two fiber pieces, Cole using weaving techniques and Isaac knitting heirloom lace. During Phase Two, the artists come together for the first time in the same location as their pieces are Unmade. Cole and Isaac will join for video documentation of the destruction of their completed works and the creation of something new from the combined remnants. Phase Three is the public presentation of what remains of Unmade: photographic documentation of the creation process, the video of the destruction, evidence of the process in knitting needles, unwoven yarn, as well as charts and patterns. The installation brings to life all that has been involved in the life of these handmade works and how easily they can be returned to raw materials.
Laura Isaac and Sierra Cole will be collaborating long distance via Kansas City, Missouri and Grand Rapids, Michigan. The pair met during ArtPrize 2012 when Laura, as a participating artist, was hosted by Sierra at her home in Eastown. Their mutual interest in fibers and the handmade process has brought them back together for ArtPrize 2015.
Update: Processing Fiber 250 Monroe has been placed on the Juror Shortlist for Outstanding Venue by Steven Matijcio, Cincinnati-based Curator at the Contemporary Arts Center.